Clinical Specialist Dietitian (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to a promotion within the team, we now have a fabulous opportunity for a Band 7 dietitian in our Cardiac and Trauma related services team. The post holder will be the clinical lead for these areas and will work closely alongside the Band 7 clinical lead for Neurosurgery.

The post forms part of the wider Dietetic Team who provide the dietetic service to Stroke, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Cardiac and Trauma Related Services across Leeds General Infirmary and Chapel Allerton Hospital Sites.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide support and leadership to a small and friendly team of dietitians and dietetic assistants working across the above clinical areas. Focussing on cardiology and trauma related services you will be responsible for providing clinical leadership, line management and expertise to the team, as well as a direct clinical role with patients.

Your role will involve developing and evolving the dietetic services to this area in response to service developments and clinical governance.

You will also have the opportunity to work in collaboration with the clinical dietetic manager for this team and to act as deputy as required.

The department offers dietetic student training to A, B and C placement students and you will have an active role in supporting and developing these programmes.

About us

The dietetic service at Leeds teaching hospitals comprises of 4 adult teams and a childrens team across 5 hospital sites. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest in Europe and serves both the local community of Leeds and is also a tertiary specialist centre for many complex conditions. Our Trust values are that we are patient-centred, empowered, collaborative, fair and accountable. If your values match ours, we would love to hear from you

The post is based at the Leeds General Infirmary, and you will be joining a warm and friendly team who pride themselves on promoting health and well-being in the workplace. We are proud of our inclusive, welcoming environment and regularly celebrate occasions and successes and organise team social events. We are also supportive of flexible working arrangements.

For further information please contact Fiona Hopkins Senior Specialist Dietitian 0113 3926185

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities



The post holder will:

3.1 Lead in a clinical specialist area.

3.2 Manage own caseload and supervise the caseloads of other dietetic


3.3 Assist and support the Clinical Dietetic Manager/line manager in the day to day management of the team of dietitians and students.

3.4 Deliver and supervise training to healthcare staff, dietitians and students

at local and regional level, acting as a resource in the specialist area.

3.5 Be a core member of the multidisciplinary care team, liaising with other members of the team to provide integrated dietetic care.

3.6 Initiate and co-ordinate research and audit projects within specialised area and disseminate findings at conference level.

3.7 Be an active member of the out of hours service.


5.1 BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent.

5.2 HCPC Registration as a Dietitian.

5.3 Experience of working in a senior Dietetic role.

5.4 Willing to undergo any training as required to enable performance in the job.

5.5 Advanced knowledge of current issues in clinical specialist area.

5.6 Able to work within a team, demonstrating leadership, initiative and confidence.

5.7 Good written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

5.8 Able to demonstrate excellent time management and organisational skills.

5.9 Proactive in day to day clinical and non-clinical management.

5.10 Good presentation skills in delivering training to large multidisciplinary groups of staff or members of the public. (this may involve groups of more than 50 people)







All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Comply with professional codes of practice, professional guidelines and departmental policies and procedures.

Maintain strict confidentiality in accordance with Trust policies and HCPC standards.

Be compassionate and ethical in the provision of dietetic care.

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development.


7.1 Demonstrate excellent office practice in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.

7.2 Be a pro-active team member of the Dietetic department at LTHT by participating in departmental development projects, attending and participating in departmental meetings and clinical updates.

7.3 Demonstrate the ability to communicate highly complex, specialised and sensitive information with empathy and understanding.

7.4 Demonstrate the ability to provide highly complex nutrition counselling to patients, requiring cognitive behaviour therapy skills and use of advanced reassurance, motivational and negotiation skills to overcome barriers to change.

7.5 Demonstrate the ability to analyse, investigate and assess highly complex clinical and non-clinical information to form accurate nutrition care plans in a highly complex and specialist area.

7.6 Demonstrate analytical skills in prioritising the best course of dietetic treatment in patients with highly complex clinical conditions, where nutritional goals may conflict with other on-going physical, emotional, psychological and medical problems and a range of treatment options must be assessed and considered.

7.7 Be a recognised resource in a specialist clinical area at a regional level.


8.1 Ability to perform advanced nutritional assessments in respective clinical area, interpret and plan relevant dietetic care programmes for patients with highly complex nutritional and medical needs which requires judgement and consideration of a range of treatment options.

8.2 Advanced knowledge of biochemistry, physiology and specialised pharmacology.

8.3 Understanding of the calculations required in dietetic assessment.

8.4 Ability to correctly interpret complex nutritional impairments, biochemical parameters and fluid balance. This will involve nutritional diagnosis including interpretation of biochemistry, anthropometrics, clinical condition, social factors and diet histories in patients with highly specialised and complex nutritional needs.

8.5 Highly specialist knowledge in interpreting complex clinical information to develop and monitor nutritional care plans in a specialised dietetic area. This will include the prescription of dietary treatment, prescribable nutritional products, enteral and total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

8.6 Responsible for safe discharge planning, including co-ordination of discharge of patients on home enteral feeding.

8.7 Able to evaluate, develop and implement practice using evidence based practice and critical appraisal.

8.8 Ability to advise and suggest nutrition-related medications.

8.9 Knowledge of clinical governance, quality of care and evidence based practice in specialist area.

8.10 Awareness of national guidance and driving factors in specialist area.


9.1 Clinical and professional

9.1.1 Be an autonomous practitioner, clinically, legally and professionally responsible for own caseload.

9.1.2 Responsible for undertaking dietetic clinical duties in specialised clinical area, managing and prioritising own clinical caseload.

9.1.3 Collect, analyse and record relevant patient information from clinical and patient sources, to develop effective nutritional care plans.

9.1.4 Communicate complex dietetic treatment and advice of patients to healthcare staff, professionals and patient carers. This will involve co-ordinating nutritional care with other Trusts and regional centres.

9.1.5 Undertake advanced assessments of patients with diverse and highly complex nutritional issues where investigative and analytical skills are required to formulate accurate treatment plans.

9.1.6 Responsible for providing highly specialised dietary advice within an in-patient and out-patient setting, to patients in a distinct specialist area. eg advice to renal dialysis patients on calcium and phosphate management, oncology patients on enteral feeding, cystic fibrosis patients on fat intake and enzyme replacement therapy.

9.1.7 Responsible for developing and maintaining own expertise and agreed level of expertise of team members by updating own specialised clinical knowledge and skills. This will include developing regional networks within the speciality and attending local, regional and national professional interest group meetings.

9.1.9 Participate in the appraisal process as an appraiser and appraisee, developing a strategy for personal and continuous professional development, encompassing a portfolio-based assessment in line with national legislation.

9.1.10 Responsible for implementing clinical governance and risk assessment in respective specialised clinical area as part of continuing quality improvement e.g. advise patients and staff on infection control issues around enteral feeding.

9.1.11 Undertake research and audit within specialist area using research methodology. This will involve identifying, co-ordinating and evaluating research and audit projects to measure clinical effectiveness and promote evidence based practice.

9.1.12 Expectation to attend regional and national conferences as a delegate and presenter. This will include both verbal and poster presentations.

9.1.13 Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade as requested by line manager.

9.2 Education and training

9.2.1 Devise and implement specialised nutritional care plans for inpatients and outpatients by interpreting national guidelines, standards and National Service Frameworks for use in specialist area. This will involve advising patients, relatives or carers, individually or in a group setting.

9.2.2 Provide effective oral and written specialised dietetic advice and information to patients and their carers to enable achievement of dietary aims.

9.2.3 Lead the development of resources used in the education and training of patients, health professionals and the public at local and regional level.

9.2.4 Provide postgraduate training on a range of subjects within specialist area to multidisciplinary groups and audiences at local and regional level. This will involve medical, dietetic, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals.

9.2.5 Train ward staff to use dietetic resources appropriately.

9.2.6 Use developed communication and teaching skills to educate a diverse and multicultural population with barriers to understanding the essential, highly complex dietary exchange systems. This may be on an individual or group basis.

9.2.7 Be an active member of the in-service training programme through delivery of training sessions and tutorials at staff meetings and by attending external courses and demonstrating reflective practice.

9.2.8Responsible for aspects of student training. This will include liaison with training provider, allocation of student to members of staff, involvement in programme design, clinical supervision and acting as mentor as required

Person Specification



  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics or equivalent
  • Experience of working as a Dietitian at a senior level
  • HCPC registration

Skills & behaviours


  • Able to work/ manage a team, demonstrating time management skills and initiative
  • Committed to personal and professional development
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of delivering education and training.



  • Demonstrate understanding of a specialist dietetic area
  • Good understanding of Clinical governance, risk assessment and continuing quality improvement

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

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